June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

For Immediate Release

June 27, 2016; 2:50pm

DPHSS Release No. 2016-052

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

In observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27th, the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) encourages the public to get the facts about HIV, get tested and get involved.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care, and that people with certain risk factors get tested more often.

People with more than one sex partner, people with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and people who inject drugs are likely to be at high risk and should get tested at least once a year. Sexually active men who have sex with men may benefit from even more frequent testing.  Also, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, CDC recommends HIV testing with each pregnancy, both for your own benefit and to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to your baby.

Between 1985 through 2015, there have been a total of 261 HIV infections diagnosed in Guam, including 8 new HIV cases that were diagnosed in 2015 alone.  CDC estimates that 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV infection today and that 1 in 8 people who have HIV are unaware of their infection.

The only way to know your status is to get tested.  The public is encouraged to get tested at any of the following sites:

  • STD/HIV Program office, DPHSS Mangilao or Dededo facility (rm. 156): 734-AIDS(2437)

  • Guam’s Alternative Lifestyle Association (GALA) office, RK Plaza in Tamuning: 969-5483

  • WestCare Pacific Islands (GUAHAN Project) office, Reflection Center in Hagåtna: 989-0234/5

    For information about NHTD or other HIV/STD-related services available on island, contact the Guam AIDS Hotline at 734-AIDS(2437) or visit the Prutehi Hao website at: www.prutehihao.guam.gov.

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